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British Water trade mission to Hungary - Deadline Tuesday, 8th November!

British Water, supported by the Department for Trade & Investment, will be taking a group of companies to Hungary, December 6th - 9th, visiting Szeged where the group will hold a seminar and meetings.

Why Hungary?

The vast majority of Hungary's surface waters originate outside its borders so the quality is almost impossible to control. They are vulnerable to contamination from leakages of industrial contaminants such as arsenic and heavy metals. Surface water pollution, either indigenous or originating abroad, may result in environmental problems in the ecosystem, aquifers and groundwater.

Hungary's ground water stocks are important national resources, but they do not regenerate naturally and without costly treatment will remain polluted for a long time. Hungary is rich in subsurface waters of good quality, which are put to many uses. The quality of these waters is sufficiently good to meet about 90% of the demand for drinking water in Hungary without any substantial treatment (work is required however to meet the requirements of the EU Drinking Water Directive). By contrast, much shallow groundwater and some confined groundwater resources are already polluted with pollutants such as arsenic and iodine.

The Hungarian water sector has suffered from decades of under-investment and although 93.1% of the households are supplied with drinking water through mains water supply, only 60% of the population live in settlements where the quality of drinking water meets the quality standards of the 98/83 EC directive. Hungary has not asked for derogation from the above Directive and the total cost of the improvement of the drinking water quality for the some 4 million people in question is estimated at 0.5 billion Euros.

Why Now?

Hungary has to meet the requirements of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive by 31 December 2015; however all of the aspects relating to the treatment of industrial wastewater must be complied with by 31 December 2008. The Drinking Water Directive is being implemented now but the period allowed for compliance with parametric values for Arsenic has been extended to 25 December 2009. Hungary is under increasing pressure and discussion with the British Embassy indicates that the following topics in particular are of interest:

· Sludge minimisation and disposal
· Drinking water quality improvement (ammonia & arsenic removal in particular)
· Oversizing of networks and systems, septicity problems etc
· Wastewater Treatment plant for around 10,000 and 2000 pe

There is a continuing need to enhance technical knowledge to establish and maintain effective treatment and, where necessary, collection in rural communities. Consequently, there are opportunities for UK companies with technical knowledge, experience and operational know-how in the application of arsenic and ammonia removal and wastewater treatment technologies to serve large conurbations as well as medium and small communities, the use of package treatment plants is an important area in Hungary.

This mission will focus on reviewing UK technology, equipment and solutions to give Hungarian companies the opportunity to discuss details of the design, installation, operation and maintenance of all relevant technologies and applications. Take advantage of the British Water visit to strengthen and build relationships with the Hungarian Water Industry. Being part of a delegation will enhance your credibility.

Aim of the event
· To promote and disseminate British experience and technology in the areas identified by the Hungarian authorities and professionals as being of prime importance for example, drinking water quality improvement, ammonia and arsenic removal, stormwater control, sludge disposal and minimisation, wastewater and related treatment technologies, including the development and application of package treatment plants;
· To provide the Hungarian water sector with the opportunity to develop their detailed knowledge of the relevant technologies and equipment; and identify opportunities for co-operation between Hungarian and British companies in the water sector with especial emphasis on UK equipment suppliers, process contractors, specialist consultancies and service providers;
· To host a seminar in Szeged region, covering the topic areas identified (above and on the following page) and hold one-to-one meetings with municipal and local water companies plus the Hungarian Professional Water Association;

The visit will focus on the Dél-Alföld region (the southern Great Plain of Hungary). This region faces a number of problems related to both drinking water and wastewater treatment. Following the technical seminar in March 2005 in Hungary, attendees along with the Hungarian government and the professional association recommended that the British Water delegation visit Szeged. As it is close to the Romanian and Serbian borders, relevant contacts will be invited from both those countries. In addition to the topics outlined above, following the Technical Explorer mission to Hungary in March 2005, the audience was asked:

When a British Water-led delegation returns to Hungary, what topics would you like to hear about?

· Technologies to meet the 2006 and 2009 EU drinking water directives
· Sludge disposal/usage (5)
· Wastewater treatment, from the smallest to the biggest
· How the UK met the 91/271/EU directive
· Reducing network odour
· Effective network cleaning technologies
· Network diagnosis (leak detection and software modelling)
· Industrial wastewater cleaning
· Sludge composting
· Water quality control
· UV disinfecting
· Updating drinking water networks
· Drinking water cleaning, disinfecting
· Operating regional wastewater collecting facilities
· Pricing of services
· Quality assurance of larger networks

There are opportunities for many companies and the following categories of UK companies in the water and wastewater sector have excellent business potential in Hungary: investors and operators; service providers (operation & maintenance and consultancy services); equipment supply and manufacturers (e.g. arsenic & ammonia removal systems, packaged waste water treatment units, UV systems, sludge dewatering,, etc. see above), specialist software providers and experts in wastewater treatment, urban drainage solutions, sludge management

Discussions with the Hungarian Ministry of Environment have revealed that flooding is a major issue in the Dél-Alföld region (the southern Great Plain of Hungary). This will not be one of the seminar topics for this mission but it is a topic that will need addressing, in terms of modelling, management and risk assessment.

If you are interested in participating please call Judi Crimmins on 020 7957 4554


Tuesday 6th December: Depart UK for Budapest, upon arrival travel onto Szeged

Wednesday 7th December: Morning briefing or run-through with local water companies in Szeged followed by afternoon seminar and reception in the evening

Thursday 8th December: Breakfast meeting with Directorate for Environmental Protection and Water Management of Lower Tisza District, followed by site visit. Afternoon travel to Budapest. Evening dinner the Hungarian Professional Water Association (HPWA).

Friday 9th December: Return to the UK

The itinerary represents a major marketing opportunity from which participating companies can get significant commercial benefits from being part of a UK delegation. In order to take full advantage of the programme and to have a programme of meetings arranged for you, it is imperative that you register for the mission over the next few weeks.

What support is provided for participants?

· Pre-mission briefing before visiting the market;
· OMIS - Overseas Market Introduction Service can be organised and one to one meetings can be arranged for participants but only if you are fully registered for the mission by Wednesday, 26th October 2005 (additional costs would also be incurred for this service);
· Core group meetings and site visits organised in addition to the seminar
· An updated Water Sector report will be provided to participants;
· Full travel and accommodation package will be offered that will be flexible enough to incorporate your own additional travel plans;
· Brochures will be produced containing all details of the participants in English and Hungarian.
· Support of British Water mission manager and British Embassy staff;
· Invitations will be issued to existing and potential clients, on your behalf, to attend the seminar;
· Translation services will be arranged for the seminar and the group meetings;
· To conclude the week, there will be a de-briefing session in Hungary together with the British Embassy to discuss the week's events and develop a follow-on action plan;

For further information please email British Water

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